What is a Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Injection for the foot and ankle?

Plasma is a type of clear fluid that makes up your blood. It carries red blood cells, white blood cells, platelets (which help your blood clot) and other small cellular elements around your body. Plasma is also full of proteins that can help your body make new cells. Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) is a substance made of concentrated plasma. It has higher levels of platelets, proteins, growth factors and other substances than regular blood plasma does.Our doctors can inject PRP into your body to help your cells heal faster. They often use this procedure for foot and ankle conditions. PRP has higher concentrations of substances that encourage your body to grow new tissue. This may help your body do a better job of recovering from injuries or chronic conditions. PRP injections may help to reduce pain and get your muscles moving more smoothly.

What can you expect from Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) injections for the foot and ankle?

Doctors create PRP from your own blood. During a treatment, your doctor or clinician draws a few small vials of blood from a vein in your body. Then the doctor or clinician places these vials into a machine called a centrifuge. This machine spins the vials at a very high rate which causes the blood to separate into different layers of red blood cells, white blood cells and plasma. Once the components of your blood separate, the doctor uses some of them to create the PRP injection. When the injection is ready, your doctor will use a syringe filled with PRP to inject the substance. You likely will not experience many side effects from a PRP injection. That’s because it’s made up from your own blood. You may experience increased pain and swelling after the injection. Your doctor may want you to wear a boot or brace to keep your foot and ankle stable while it heals.

Common foot and ankle conditions requiring PRP injection

  • Sprains
  • Arthritis
  • Tendinosis
  • Pulled muscles
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Tendon Injuries
  • Ankle ligament injuries
  • Improving surgical outcomes
  • Decrease recovering from injuries
  • Chronic pain